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05/22/04

Big Race Keeps Kids On Track

Nine-year-old Keely Arthur has always wanted to be a soapbox racer.

"We were suppose to compete last year, but we didn't get to, and I've been wanting to ever since I was like five years old," Arthur said.

Before her big race, Keely received some last minute advice from her friends and parents.

As the race started, Keely's parents cheered her on to the finish line. Her father, Mike, said events like this keep kids on the right track.

"I'm just proud to be here today," Mike Arthur said. "It gives these kids something to do with their time, something constructive to keep them out of trouble."

First time racer Trace Carr has been getting ready for the derby since last year.

"I'm just here to have fun," Carr said. "I don't think I'm probably going to win, since this is my first year."

But parents said even racers who don't get the blue ribbon are winners.

"We stress to these kids that even if you win or lose, you're still a winner," Mike Arthur said.

"You're still a winner for just participating today," he said. 

Making this soap box derby this year a race where everyone's a winner at the finish line.

The soapbox derby added a new division this year called the Masters, for those racers with a little more experience.

The winners of today's derby will win $1500.00 and will go on to Ohio to compete in the national competition.

By: Claire Nelson

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